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Tag Team September 14, 2014

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I’d like to think that Eric and I do a pretty good job of tag team parenting, at least most of the time. We got to practice our skills the last couple weeks while everyone has been passing around the sniffles. Since sometimes a bit of cake makes everything better I practiced some of the techniques I learned in class.

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I felt silly writing happy birthday, since it wasn’t anyone’s birthday at that point, so un-birthday it was!

We also got some super exciting news! No, not expecting another little one! We’re moving! To a little town called Churchill! For those not familiar, think edge of Hudson’s Bay where boreal forest ends and tundra begins. We will actually have polar bears in our neighbourhood! No word on exactly when we’re going because a few details have to get worked out (like how to ship our stuff) but I’ll keep everyone updated as much as possible. Oh yeah, did I mention we can’t drive? Railroad and plane are the only way in or out. Unless we hopped a York boat up the Red River …

 

Baking and babies; always better fresh April 15, 2013

Trying to fit all the categories of my life (wife, mom, friend, employee, runner, baker, cleaner and all the others) hasn’t been exactly a breeze. Did I mention trying to stay chipper through all of this? It all became too much last weekend when Eric and I had a massive blow up that resulted in the kicking of a door and the throwing of bacon. Worst of all? I can’t remember what on Earth we were angry about. 

And isn’t it funny how the things we need always come into our lives at exactly the right time? Last night I found this beautiful poem through another blog:

 

Mother, O’ Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth.
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.
 
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.
 
Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due,
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek – peekaboo.
 
The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew,
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo.
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren’t his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.
 
The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow,
But children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.
 
 
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Standing, our little peanut is standing! She surprised me earlier this month with this new standing trick. I put her into her crib, thinking she would be just fine, rolling around and maybe crawling to the other side. I heard coos. So I kept putting away the laundry. More coos. But they’re louder and higher up. That’s when I turned to see her gripping onto the rail and standing proud. Two though simultaneously zipped through my head; “Yay!” and “Crap, we have to drop the mattress!” I think she planned this, seeing as we just put her crib together less than two weeks beforehand. 
 
I also had plans to bake something for Easter. Instead, Ella and I painted eggs and our friend Daniel baked.
 
Daniel’s Gingersnap Cookies
 
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¾ cup shortening

1 c. granulated sugar

1 egg

¼ cup molasses

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. Baking soda

2 tsp. ginger

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1 tsp. Cloves

extra granulated sugar

 1.     Cream together shortening and sugar. Beat in egg and molasses.

2.     Combine flour, soda, and spices; blend into creamed mixture

3.     Shape into small balls (1 inch in diameter). Roll the tops of balls in sugar.

4.     Place 2 inches apart on baking sheet.

5.     Bake at 350 F. for 8-10 minutes or until golden. Don’t overbake.

6.     Cookies can be removed just as tops are starting to crackle. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 40 cookies.

He mentioned something about forgetting the baking soda, so I’m not sure that it’s that necessary to this recipe, the cookies seemed fine without it. 

So hopefully I’ll be getting back onto my blogging horse here and squeezing the most out of every second the day has to offer. As always…

 

ENJOY!

 

 

The Cake that Wasn’t February 6, 2013

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I had this great idea for our anniversary (two years! yay!). Keeping with this animal theme I seem to have started, I wanted to make and decorate an owl themed cake. I even had fantastic Pin-spiration. Ta-da.

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I would love to have created this cutie, but it is not mine. There are some very talented people that made this, as well as the cakes below. I would love to give them credit, but there wasn’t much explanation as to where the credit was due.

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Alas, this didn’t happen.

Our anniversary was on Sunday, so I thought I’d work on the cake on Saturday and Sunday while Eric was at work. Well, seems life had other plans for me. Saturday’s “quick trip to buy skates” ended up being a whirl wind adventure through Sport Chek, Walmart, the mall (where a certain mom of mine was distracted by “leather” bags and sparkly sale items), a shoe store, two clothing stores and finally Starbucks (I earned my latte, dammit).

Just as we’re heading home, who should send me a text but my loving, sweet husband;

“Got off early. Be back in half an hour.”

Nuts.

That’s ok. Sunday. I got Sunday. You took the late shift? Oh right. Sunday night. Wait. Crap, I made plans I can’t break. Ok. Now what?

Screw the surprise, I can make the cake on Monday. We’re home together all day, I’ll make it then.

“You know hun, I don’t really need a cake. I’d rather just spend the day with my girls.”

And thus, it became the cake that wasn’t. It might become a cake later, but for now I’m going to take this lesson and enjoy it. What lesson? Oh the one Eric accidentally taught me; that I don’t have to make him a cake or make a big fuss to show him how much I care. That taking the day to simply spend time together is worth more than all the fondant and icing in the world. Thanks sweetheart!

However, there was other baking. Lazier baking. It took place in the form of a Phillips bread maker. I give you, the culprit

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and the resulting product.

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Cinnamon Raisin bread, purely because my taste buds demanded something sweet and I couldn’t find any more Christmas chocolate around the house.

On a related note, I have started an exciting new project! My grand-dad had an old cook book he would scribble all his recipes in and my mom has a similar book she started about 30 years ago when she moved to Canada. Due to a wave of panic from my mom, thinking these books will disappear or be horribly mangled, I’ve started to transfer them to the computer and in the process translate them (from Polish).

I know I’ll be trying a few cakes for sure and show casing them here but otherwise I’m still toying with the idea of what to do with all these recipes. If anyone has suggestions, fire away, I’d love to hear them.

So in the spirit of lazy bread and unborn cakes, take time to revel in the things that are important rather than just the things that are urgent and

ENJOY!

 

September 30, 2012

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It’s pumpkin season! My own pumpkin is currently being cut up so there will be recipes of my own (PIE!) coming in the next couple days. This, I think will be one of them. Thanks Chicken Nugget Girl!

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You’ll have to forgive me for jumping on the pumpkin bandwagon with this one. But come on, jump on it with me.

These pumpkin bars are my absolute favorite clean eating snack. Not gonna lie, they’re one of the reasons I’m excited it’s getting chilly out. Wrap these up and bring ’em to work or to a fall gathering – they’d even be a healthy hit at Thanksgiving!

This recipe is adapted from Jamie Eason’s LiveFit recipe.

Ingredients:

  • ½ C brown sugar
  • 1 4oz jar of baby food applesauce
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 15oz can of raw pumpkin (sub for pumpkin pie mix for a dessert version)
  • 2 C oat flour
  • 2 scoops chocolate whey protein
  • ½ C almond milk
  • ½ C almond slivers

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°…

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For the love of baking September 14, 2012

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How do you introduce a baking blog? I feel like I’ve just been asked that dreaded interview question; “So, what can you tell me about yourself?” You want to wow the person, yet not come off as being full of yourself. Really, it’s no different here.

Why  did I decide to start a blog? Well, I want to share this baking thing that I get a kick out of and a blog seemed like the easiest way. Plus, when my baking, and especially my cakes, found their way to people other than me, I was asked for the recipe or simply how I managed to create the dish.

Finally, I can post pictures here, so in a way it helps me to keep track of my creations. If I know I’m going to be posting about a particular cake, I have to take pictures (not quite the same if you just talk about it). Normally, I would forget to take a picture and remember only after someone has taken the first bite, which doesn’t have the same effect at that point.

So I’m really excited to start building this site. But first, I’m going to bake a couple cakes not only to put up here, but to also celebrate my dear dad’s birthday.

Happy baking!

photo thanks to mmbapon at stock.xchng